As young women within the Southeast LA area and as part of the LatinX community, we believe that we are capable of making a difference within our community and also for our people. We are the Lady TigerBots of STEAM Legacy High School and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to assist in leaning towards solving an extremely significant problem within our society. Our main focus this year is to help immigrants or people with low-income to increase their amount of job opportunities and the help they may need to get those jobs. People with questionable legal status already have enough stress, some of those people being our parents, about possibly being deported, or detained. They do not have equal representation in the workplace or in the voting place, so if we could help people like us, people with immigrant status, people who come from a low-income in any way, shape, or form, that is what we hope to accomplish. We strive for the day when people of all different colors are considered to be equal, and helping out those in need of work is just one step forward.
Immigration is a big problem which gravely affects our community. As a group of latina students who have immigrant parents, we are deeply affected with immigration issues. We see how politicians speak about people like us and it is so blatantly disrespectful and wrong. We have grown up misrepresented by our legislators and political leaders and instead of sitting back and allowing that to continue we have decided to do something about it. Our focus is immigration because it is something that gravely affects us and our community. We know that immigrants do not have a voice because they cannot vote until they become U. S. Citizens. Since they are not civically engaged, they, most of the time, do not inspire others, especially their kids to be active. This is where we come into the picture. Our parents are those immigrants. We want more minorities to vote, especially their children who can give them a voice. This way, we can be better represented and so our community will not be as targeted by political leaders to be pointed down. Instead, we would seek for our vote by our political parties. We want to manifest that we are so much more than how we are presented by the media. We want to bring awareness to our community and show them that they have a voice and that it is very powerful. Together we can make anything possible because of how important and powerful our voices through the right to vote is. Since our main focus is immigration, we also want to help immigrants with jobs. We know that many times it is difficult for them to find a job because of the way things are for immigrants in America so we want to assist as many people as we can. The government doesn’t help the immigrant community as it should making it hard for the community to improve their lifestyles. Through this project, we want to provide support to these families. Everybody should be allowed the right to a better life no matter where you are born. Having a more cohesive environment will pave the way for growth in the country.
- Meetings are every Wednesday during Lunch in the Engineering Lab
- Recruitments began at the beginning of the year with homeroom announcements and flyers; they are now closed
- We plan to host a voter registration rally event at our school, during lunch and to continue after school. We have already contacted the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis to support us. They are more than willing to come and help. Since we are a complex, we plan on opening it up to all 3 schools and not just STEAM. This is an important event and connects to our idea of helping those who are immigrants because although immigrant parents/ Latinx parents might not be able to vote, their children can still register and assist in taking a stand for them. This will allow students at our school to get involved, but we also plan to open it up to our surrounding community.
- We plan to be extremely active on social media for many reasons. It will allow us to spread awareness easily and it will also help us promote events that we plan on hosting as well as volunteering in.
- We plan on hosting workshops at our school based on the idea of our project which will be open to people within our surrounding communities. The workshops will include resume building, mock interviews, and makeovers.
- As part of the makeover workshop, we plan on hosting a “professional” clothing drive at our school which will help us provide clothing to people of low-income for job interviews.
- We have already gotten in contact with Guadalupe Camberos, who works alongside Supervisor Hilda Solis, in order to find volunteer opportunities revolving voter registration, working at polls, and campaigning for local elections,, as well as events that we can attend.
- We plan to work along the office of immigration, newly established in our City of South Gate.
- We plan to attend city council meetings held in Walnut Park to voice our concerns.
- At this moment, we have already filled up every single registration form provided at Girls Build LA summit, but we have contacted the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis for their support. Once again, they have lead us to the right people to get more forms. We will continue to volunteer hours at their own voting rally events. We have the power.